Today I’ll start building the Sparrow. The kit arrived by mail some 7 days after I ordered and payed for it, so I am quite satisfied with my shopping at QRP Shop so far.
After a trip to a local do-it-yourself centre to get some new U-bolts, the antenna is finally up again.
I tried to be careful in adjusting the lengths of the tuneable elements to be as accurate as possible but, apperantly, I did not succeed very well.
I just arrived in Høm and the new base element for the DX-88 looks good.
I found out that Hy-Gain sells the base element separately! Maybe many other people have been having the same problem as me. Anyway, I ordered one right away via Norad for something like 70 Euros.
I have now gone through the antenna to check what condition it is in. The bottom section is very bad and there are lots of things to be done before this antenna can do me any good.
It is spring, the sun is shining in Denmark and I am on vacation. It’s time to clean the DX-88 and put it up.